The Council outlines Clean Air Zone support package on offer to Birmingham's taxi drivers
Birmingham City Council (BCC) has outlined the support package on offer to the city’s taxi drivers ahead of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) launch in January 2020.
BCC secured £38 million from the Government’s Clean Air Fund to support businesses and individuals affected by the CAZ - £14.75 million of this is being ring fenced to assist the taxi and private hire trade.
The funds will be used as follows:
£2.75 million for the City to buy a fleet of electric taxis which drivers can lease or hire. BCC will use the money to either buy up to 50 of the latest electric taxis or rent a fleet of these which would enable even more cars to be acquired.
£5 million for a package of measures that will allow up to 1,000 taxi drivers access up to £5,000 to offset the running costs of an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (spread over 4 years), or to put towards the conversion of an existing taxi. This would need to be a CVRAS approved retrofit application, such as a certified conversion to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). In this case, drivers will need to pay the balance of around £7,000 themselves.
£7 million for private hire drivers: up to £2,500 towards the running costs of the cleanest Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (spread over 2 years), £2,000 towards the purchase of a hybrid or certain other Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, or £1,000 towards the purchase of a CAZ compliant diesel or petrol car.
You can find more information on the various low emission taxi technologies here. To hear from companies that have started to adopt clean taxis in their fleets, you can read our relevant case studies.